George Hawkins

Biography

A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, Hawkins has been honing his craft for over fifty years. Although novels and short stories are his preferred métier, he has written a non-fiction, adventure travel book titled, A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas, recounting his three and a half year, 17,500-mile bicycle adventure from Alaska to the tip of South America, available from iUniverse, Apple Bookstore or Amazon or in either paperback or eBook versions.

In the Irish Goodbye, his latest fiction offering, Hawkins has drawn heavily on his youth growing up in Albany, New York, an Irish-Democratic stronghold where machine boss Dan O’Connell ruled for over twenty-five years. This bittersweet coming-of-age tale harkens back to the mean streets of Albany so eloquently penned by William Kennedy. The protagonist, Brian Reilly, maturing from childhood to adolescence, passes through a tumultuous period of disillusionment, betrayal, and finally redemption. His beliefs and trust are reaffirmed by a crippled outcast who saves his life and teaches him to look below the surface of things. Overcoming multiple losses and setbacks Brian achieves manhood.

When not writing or rewriting novels and short stories, George swims in the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, California where he also enjoys hiking or biking in the nearby coastal mountains. Of course, he is a voracious reader.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Albany, New York, a city famous or infamous for the Irish/Democratic machine that controlled all facets of city, county and to a degree state politics. I mention this because my father, a detective on the city police force was a rank and file member of the democratic machine. This not inherently a criticism, merely a fact of life back in the 40's and 50's. My latest book, The Irish Goodbye, deals with a youngster growing up in an Irish catholic family, his coming of age, his initial dealings with death, sex, disillusionment and acceptance. Nearing teenhood, my protagonist, Brian Reilly, becomes in contact with a Russian emigre, a survivor of the Battle of Berlin, who introduces Brian and his best friend to the exotic world of tumbler pigeons. As their friendship with Johnny Russian develops, the boys quickly realize this crippled war veteran is not an ogre, but an intelligent, gentle human being.
When did you first start writing?
Never forget that. It was in my first year of college, about 1961. In English 101 we got to read some short stories, along with the usual rhetoric. Anyway, my favorite short story from that time, to this day, is "For Esme with Love and Squalor," by J.D. Salinger. It influenced me so much I went home and wrote a short story and never stopped.
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Books

Military Madness Volume Two
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,550. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Short stories written during the 1980's in northern California, while I was living in an agriculture commune.
Santa Cruz Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,930. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Medieval
An eclectic cast of characters leap from the pages of this short story collection set in the infamous surfing community of Santa Cruz, California.
The Irish Goodbye
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,920. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
This bittersweet coming-of-age tale harkens back to the mean streets of Albany, New York. The protagonist, Brian Reilly, maturing from childhood to adolescence, passes through a tumultuous period of disillusionment, betrayal, and finally redemption. His beliefs and trust are reaffirmed by a crippled outcast who saves his life and teaches him to look below the surface of things.

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